Camping Checklist

A well-planned camping trip will be an enjoyable event. There’s nothing like being in the outdoors, enjoying the clean air and a cool refreshing dip in a mountain stream. Then there is the cooking in the open, sitting around the campfire telling tales and sleeping under the stars.


But, things can go wrong if you are not well prepared. Imagine having brought food but you are unable to cook anything because you forgot to bring a pot or pan. Or, you have cut or injured yourself but don’t have a plaster, bandages or any medicine.

Proper planning will help ensure that you have everything you need for a pleasant camping trip. The best way to do that is to have a camping checklist. This way, you will be sure to have everything ready before you embark on your adventure.

1.       Tents and bedding material

A tent that zips-up to keep out the insects and other creepy crawlies will ensure a good night’s sleep. You should also have a sleeping bag and a small pillow. If you want greater comfort, an air mattress would be fantastic.

If you prefer the cool air and do not want to be confined, you could opt to sleep on a camp-bed under a tarp.

2.       Extra clothing

When camping in the jungle, you will find that the weather can change unexpectedly. It could rain and turn cold, especially at night. It’s good to have extra clothing to change into if you get wet or cold. This is especially so if you have children tagging along.

3.       Torches and camping lights

It gets very dark in the jungle, so you need to bring torches and camp lights to move around and prepare your meals. There are many LED lamps and torches you can purchase at outdoor centres, hardware stores or at supermarkets. You could even get a small 12V battery that you could connect to LED bulbs.

4.       Food & Cooking equipment

It’s a great idea to get a stove using gas that comes in aerosol cans. They are small, light-weight and it’s easy to get the gas. You will also need sufficient pots for your rice and the other dishes you have planned for the trip. It’s a good idea to also bring a small kettle for boiling water or making coffee.

Plan your meals in advance so that you can make sure you have all the ingredients ready before the trip. Fresh meat can be frozen for more than a day and transferred to a cooler box before you leave so that it will last longer. Always plan to bring extra food in case of any eventualities.

Ensure that you have a lighter or matches, charcoal (if you are planning a BBQ), fire-starters, oil, salt, plates, spoons, cups and ladles. You will also need drinking water and water for your cooking. Don’t forget the dish washing soap and a sponge.

Camping chairs and tables are also great to have on your trips.

5.       Toiletries and medication

Along with your essential toiletries, don’t for get to bring along your medication with and additional days’ supply. If anything goes wrong and you are required to stay an extra day or two, you will have enough medication. Insect repellent would also be handy.

6.       First Aid kit

Your First Aid kit should be well stock with plasters, bandages, cotton and medicines for cuts, burns, fever, cough and pain relief. Your pharmacist will be able to help you decide what to bring.

7.       Portable toilets

While men can answer the call of nature almost anywhere, women would like to have more comfort. You could get a pop-up shower tent to serve as a toilet, or have an area covered by tarpaulin or plastic sheets. A bucket lined with disposable bin liners, with a toilet seat affixed to the top will work great. You can get great ideas from You Tube or purchase the equipment at an outdoor center.

Getting to the good spots where not too many people can get too will require an off-road vehicle. These vehicles should be modified to reach trails that a car cannot reach. They can also carry a lot more equipment.

Of course, if you do not want to go through all the planning or don’t have an off-road vehicle, you could get professionals to arrange your camping trip. They provide all the food and equipment, have trained professionals to ensure your comfort and safety, and they also know the great spots for an unforgettable adventure.

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